History Series / SeventhHeaven

9th Sep '17 10:04:48 PM SirVancelot131
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* RunningGag: Everyone in the Camden family constantly corrects each other's grammar throughout the series.

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* RunningGag: Everyone in the Camden family constantly [[GrammarNazi corrects each other's grammar grammar]] throughout the series.
6th Sep '17 11:48:53 AM IllustriousAsinine
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* CharacterOutlivesActor: Averted; Barry Watson survived his Hodgkins Lymphoma and returned to the show.

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Averted; Barry Watson survived his Hodgkins Lymphoma and returned to the show.show.
** Played straight with Graham Jarvis (Annie's father Charles), who died mere days before his last televised appearance yet wasn't KilledOffForReal until almost a year later.
6th Sep '17 11:32:39 AM IllustriousAsinine
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** Actually, all the twins presented on the show are of the same gender (Matt and Sarah's twins are boys, Mary's twins are girls, Sam and David are boys, so on and so forth).
15th Jul '17 11:43:49 AM LB7979
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* BrokeEpisode: Actually a few consecutive ones, involving Mary, beginning Season 5. She couldn't keep any job and spent all her money on useless stuff. This eventually led to her parents [[PutOnABus putting her on a plane to Buffalo and her not appearing again until the end of the Season]].
20th Jun '17 9:40:46 AM lexicon
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* PreachersKid: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a given for a show revolving around a preacher and his family. Hell, there was even an episode called "PK" (Preacher's Kid).

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* PreachersKid: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a given for a show revolving A lot of the drama revolves around a preacher and his family. Hell, there was even an episode called "PK" (Preacher's Kid).the trouble the Reverend's children get into.
4th Jun '17 9:35:23 PM DrOO7
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** When the twins' teacher makes a pass at Eric, he complains to the principal, who responds by hysterically ''laughing in his face'' as if she finds the idea ludicrous, insinuating that he's either mistaken or lying outright, and overall making it clear that she's not going to do anything about it. Eric ends up blasting ''both'' of them and pulling his kids out of the school.
29th May '17 4:12:26 PM SirVancelot131
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* RunningGag: Everyone in the Camden family constantly corrects each other's grammar throughout the series.
25th Apr '17 5:14:40 AM LB7979
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** The win friends of Simon's who went on a date with Lucy and Mary in an early episode.

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** The win twin friends of Simon's who went on a date with Lucy and Mary in an early episode.
25th Apr '17 5:10:16 AM LB7979
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** Particularly drawn out for Mary, who keeps losing job after job due to negligence at the beginning of Season 5 without learning from it[[note]]To drive the point home: just when you think she ''really'' has hit rock bottom, when she is totally broke, in debt, and having lost her umpteenth job, her four younger sibling steal money from their mutual youngest two siblings, to help her bridge the time until she finds a new job. What does Mary do instead of putting any effort in finding a new job? Spend all the stolen money in a cinema,
on repeat-watching a movie and on ice cream and popcorn[[/note]]. InvokedTrope since at this point, the [[JessicaBiel actress]] and the producers / writers weren't getting along anymore and this storyline was introduced so she could be [[PutOnABus put on a bus]].
* TheAlcoholic: Eric's sister, Julie, in the first episode she appears in season 1, is an alcoholic that Eric insist on detoxing at his home. [[note]]In RealLife that [[DoNotTryThisAtHome would be medically ill-advised]]...[[/note]] When later appearing in the series (most notably in Season 5, when Mary drinks a beer while babysitting Julie's daughter), Julie refers to herself as a recovering alcoholic.

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** Particularly drawn out for Mary, who keeps losing job after job due to negligence at the beginning of Season 5 without learning from it[[note]]To it. [[note]]To drive the point home: just when you think she ''really'' has hit rock bottom, when she is totally broke, in debt, and having lost her umpteenth job, her four younger sibling of her siblings steal money from their mutual youngest two siblings, to help her Mary bridge the time until she finds a new job. What does Mary do instead of putting any effort in finding a new job? Spend all the stolen money in a cinema,
cinema, on repeat-watching a movie and on ice cream and popcorn[[/note]]. popcorn.[[/note]] InvokedTrope since at this point, the [[JessicaBiel actress]] and the producers / writers weren't getting along anymore and this storyline was introduced so she the character could be [[PutOnABus put on a bus]].
* TheAlcoholic: Eric's sister, Julie, in the first episode she appears in season Season 1, is an alcoholic that whom Eric insist on detoxing at his home. [[note]]In RealLife that [[DoNotTryThisAtHome would be medically ill-advised]]...[[/note]] When later appearing in the series (most notably in Season 5, when Mary drinks a beer while babysitting Julie's daughter), Julie refers to herself as a recovering alcoholic.



** Subverted for aforementioned TheAlcoholic Aunt Julie, because by the time she has her first child, Erica, she is sober and on the wagon. Her alcoholic past hast left some BerserkButtons in her though, like her completely flipping out at the presence of any alcohol in her house.

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** Subverted for aforementioned TheAlcoholic Aunt Julie, because by the time she has her first child, Erica, she is sober and on the wagon. Her alcoholic past hast left some BerserkButtons {{BerserkButton}}s in her though, like her completely flipping out at the presence of any alcohol in her house.



* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Presumably Mary's twin girls and Matt's twin boys. Also, twin friends of Simon's who went on a date with Lucy and Mary in an early episode. Subverted later on with Sam and David, who were fraternal twins (though were initially portrayed by fraternal quadruplets).

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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Presumably Mary's twin girls and Matt's twin boys. Also, twin friends of Simon's who went on a date with Lucy and Mary in an early episode. AlwaysIdenticalTwins:
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Subverted later on with Sam and David, who were fraternal twins (though were initially portrayed by fraternal quadruplets).quadruplets).
** The win friends of Simon's who went on a date with Lucy and Mary in an early episode.



** Before season 10, Sandy and Martin had an affair, explicitly stated to have happened during the summer, resulting in the former's pregnancy. However, Sandy gave birth to their son in the episode ''after'' the MLK Day tribute episode "Got MLK?" with the episode airing January 30, 2006; the baby was born around his due date, so the conception would be around April.
** Eric's having psychological stress about his daughter Mary's "downfall" is played as a major source of his having continued cardiological problems after having had a heart attack. In RealLife, medicine, even back at about the year 2000 this took place, had figured out the role of psychological stress on cardiology issues is much less than previously thought, and patients taking their prescribed medicine and following life-style advice regarding food and exercise (which Eric seemed to diligently do) is much more important than psychological stress. See also HollywoodHeartattack.
** When Annie undergoes a "standard medical checkup" at her family physician, the latter for some reason decides to throw in a pregnancy test in the lab tests - despite this woman at that point not showing any signs of pregnancy or having any medical complaints. This is certainly ''not'' a standard test in a standard medical check-up, and something a doctor would discuss with the woman on hand before taking it. It turns out to be a plot device in order to let the [[WhatAnIdiot idiot doctor]] switch up Mary and Annie's lab results in order to letting the family think for about half an episode that teenage Mary is pregnant.
* AsHimself: In this case, Happy the Dog... plays Happy the Dog. She got starring billing for her stirring role playing a common house-dog, though her Emmy submissions always seemed to be rejected.
* AuthorTract: ''7th Heaven'' was basically a way for the writers to belt out their feelings over the perceived decline of godliness in American society, while also looking down on numerous topics that they felt secular people indulge in irresponsibly (including alcoholism, drug abuse, premarital sex, and teen pregnancy). The show also (mostly) implicitly advocated for conservatism (heck Lucy even stated in one episode that "maybe people should be a little more conservative!" to Mary). By doing this, secular viewers watching the show (likely, with their kids) would increasingly feel alienated by the show as it went on, especially when every topic deemed "normal" by them would lead to a massive tirade from the series, which always took itself seriously. Additionally, the show is an idyllic small town setting that invokes the '50s, and also a way to appeal to a wider audience (unsurprisingly, the show did gain more viewers ''outside'' the 18-49 year old demographics than most shows), even though realism would be thrown out for the [[RuleOfDrama sake of dramatic conflict]].
* AxesAtSchool: "See You In September" has Simon getting suspended because Annie accidentally packed a knife with his lunch.

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** Before season 10, Sandy and Martin had an affair, explicitly stated to have happened during the summer, resulting in the former's pregnancy. However, Sandy gave birth to their son in the episode ''after'' the MLK Day tribute episode "Got MLK?" with the episode airing that aired January 30, 2006; 2006 ''and'' the baby was stated to be born around his due date, date; so the conception would be around April.
** Eric's having psychological stress about his daughter Mary's "downfall" is played as a major source of his having continued cardiological cardiologic problems after having had a heart attack. In RealLife, medicine, even back at about the year 2000 this took place, had figured out the role of psychological stress on cardiology issues is much less than previously thought, and patients taking their prescribed medicine and following life-style advice regarding food and exercise (which Eric seemed to diligently do) is much more important than psychological stress. See also HollywoodHeartattack.
** When Annie undergoes a "standard medical checkup" at her family physician, the latter for some reason decides to throw in a pregnancy test in the lab tests - despite this woman at that point not showing any signs of pregnancy or having any medical complaints. This is certainly ''not'' a standard test in a standard medical check-up, and something a doctor would discuss with the woman on hand before taking it. It turns out to be a plot device in order to let the [[WhatAnIdiot idiot doctor]] doctor switch up Mary and Annie's lab results in order to letting the family think for about half an episode that teenage Mary is pregnant.
* AsHimself: In this case, Happy the Dog... plays Happy the Dog. She got starring billing for her stirring role playing a common house-dog, though her Emmy submissions always seemed to be rejected.
* AuthorTract: ''7th Heaven'' was basically a way for the writers to belt out their feelings over the perceived decline of godliness in American society, while also looking down on numerous topics that they felt secular people indulge in irresponsibly (including alcoholism, drug abuse, premarital sex, and teen pregnancy). The show also (mostly) implicitly advocated for conservatism (heck Lucy even stated in one episode that "maybe people should be a little more conservative!" to Mary). By doing this, secular viewers watching the show (likely, with their kids) would increasingly feel alienated by the show as it went on, especially when every topic deemed "normal" by them would lead to a massive tirade from the series, which always took itself seriously. Additionally, the show is an idyllic small town setting that invokes the '50s, and also a way to appeal to a wider audience (unsurprisingly, the show did gain more viewers ''outside'' the 18-49 year old demographics than most shows), even though realism would be thrown out for the [[RuleOfDrama sake of dramatic conflict]].
Mary).
* AxesAtSchool: "See ''See You In September" September'' has Simon getting suspended from school because Annie accidentally packed a knife with his lunch.
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* AcademicAthlete: Oldest daughter Mary, until mid-way season 4, is both successful as a basketball player of her school team, and academically successful. This is inverted in a big way come the two-part episode "Sin..." and "...Expiation", when the basketball team is suspended due to their grades slipping, Mary and her friends vandalize the school, and during the rest of season 4 and 5, a lot of drama ensues surrounding her character, which ultimately results in her being PutOnABus and her becoming TheUnfavorite during the later seasons.[[note]]Character Mary's downfall was probably brought on by the fact that in [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Real Life]], actress Jessica Biel had posed semi-nude in a magazine, and the shows' creators were ''not amused'' by that.[[/note]]

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* AcademicAthlete: Oldest daughter Mary, until mid-way season Season 4, is both successful as a basketball player of her school team, and academically successful. This is inverted in a big way come the two-part episode "Sin..." ''Sin...'' and "...Expiation", ''...Expiation'', when the basketball team is are suspended due to their grades slipping, Mary and her friends vandalize the school, and during the rest of season Season 4 and 5, a lot of drama ensues surrounding her character, which ultimately results in her being PutOnABus and her becoming TheUnfavorite during the later seasons.[[note]]Character Mary's downfall was probably brought on by the fact that in [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Real Life]], actress Jessica Creator/Jessica Biel had posed semi-nude in a magazine, and the shows' creators were ''not amused'' by that.[[/note]]



** Particularly drawn out for Mary, who keeps losing job after job due to negligence at the beginning of Season 5 without learning from it. InvokedTrope since at this point, the [[JessicaBiel actress]] and the producers / writers weren't getting along anymore and this storyline was introduced so she could be [[PutOnABus put on a bus]].
* TheAlcoholic: Eric's sister, Julie, in the first episode she appears in season 1, is an alcoholic that Eric insist on detoxing at his home. [[note]]In RealLife that [[DoNotTryThisAtHome would be medically ill-advised]]...[[/note]] When later appearing in the series (most notably in season 5, when Mary drinks a beer while babysitting Julie's daughter), Julie refers to herself as a recovering alcoholic.
* AlcoholicParent: The Camdens will occasionally come across one of these, and will try to help their child-in-need. One example would be the father of Ruthie's then-boyfriend Peter, who returns home after three years away, and proves to be a {{Jerkass}} at first, until Eric convinces him to be a little more enthusiastic about life. However, by this time, he has been sober for a while, though apparently according to Peter, he was a nightmare when he was hitting the bottle.

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** Particularly drawn out for Mary, who keeps losing job after job due to negligence at the beginning of Season 5 without learning from it.it[[note]]To drive the point home: just when you think she ''really'' has hit rock bottom, when she is totally broke, in debt, and having lost her umpteenth job, her four younger sibling steal money from their mutual youngest two siblings, to help her bridge the time until she finds a new job. What does Mary do instead of putting any effort in finding a new job? Spend all the stolen money in a cinema,
on repeat-watching a movie and on ice cream and popcorn[[/note]].
InvokedTrope since at this point, the [[JessicaBiel actress]] and the producers / writers weren't getting along anymore and this storyline was introduced so she could be [[PutOnABus put on a bus]].
* TheAlcoholic: Eric's sister, Julie, in the first episode she appears in season 1, is an alcoholic that Eric insist on detoxing at his home. [[note]]In RealLife that [[DoNotTryThisAtHome would be medically ill-advised]]...[[/note]] When later appearing in the series (most notably in season Season 5, when Mary drinks a beer while babysitting Julie's daughter), Julie refers to herself as a recovering alcoholic.
* AlcoholicParent: AlcoholicParent:
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The Camdens will occasionally come across one of these, and will try to help their child-in-need. One example would be the child-in-need.
** The
father of Ruthie's then-boyfriend Peter, who returns home after three years away, and proves to be a {{Jerkass}} at first, until Eric convinces him to be a little more enthusiastic about life. However, by this time, he has been sober for a while, though apparently according to Peter, he was a nightmare when he was hitting the bottle.bottle.
** Subverted for aforementioned TheAlcoholic Aunt Julie, because by the time she has her first child, Erica, she is sober and on the wagon. Her alcoholic past hast left some BerserkButtons in her though, like her completely flipping out at the presence of any alcohol in her house.



* AllCrimesAreEqual: As noted on the main page, any time one of the Camden kids gets into trouble, he or she will suffer the worst possible consequences of it. This runs the gamut from Ruthie being made to wash an entire wall because she was trying to make a mural in her room, to Mary being shipped to Buffalo because she couldn't keep a job, had about two beers, and ran a stop sign.
* AlliterativeName: Jordan Johansson, Paris and Peter Petrowski, Cecilia Smith (the "S" sound), Jenny Jackson, Wilson West, Roxanne Richardson, Shana Sullivan, Kevin Kinkirk...god, Brenda Hampton really loves this trope! (see ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'').
* AlphaBitch: Simon's ex-fiancee, Rose, counts as this. She is depicted as a selfish, whiny (even more than the other characters), spoiled {{Jerkass}} whose behavior and antics have earned her the ire of many fans, enough to be considered TheScrappy (amongst tons of other characters). Amongst other things, she seemed to fall into ClingyJealousGirl mode around Simon, was always pressuring him to move up their impending wedding (which he ultimately did), acted rude and insolent towards the Camdens (including getting rid of their Christmas tree by feigning allergies, claiming Santa Claus and Jesus weren't real to ''seven-year-old twins'' and often butting heads with Annie - though that was unintentional) as well as her supposed friend Sandy, and even worse, when Sandy called Rose to be by her side when she was giving birth to her son, Rose refused and simply stated "she had classes," and got jealous when Simon was justifiably worried about Sandy. Her behavior prompted a [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim What Does He See in Her?]] reaction from the audience. By the time the show writers tried to make her more sympathetic, she had garnered a sizable {{Hatedom}} and the damage of her actions was done; the writers, in the process, had made her into the stereotypical Christian fundamentalist view of secular people. However, the writers did seem to have something going on when they hired former ''Series/{{Angel}}'' cast member Sarah Thompson to portray Rose; Thompson had portrayed Eve, who herself was a {{Jerkass}}, AlphaBitch, and ReplacementScrappy all wrapped up into one.

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* AllCrimesAreEqual: As noted on the main page, any Any time one of the Camden kids gets into trouble, he or she will suffer the worst possible consequences of it. This runs the gamut from Ruthie being made to wash an entire wall because she was trying to make a mural in her room, to Mary being shipped to Buffalo because she couldn't keep a job, had about two beers, and ran a stop sign.
* AlliterativeName: Jordan Johansson, Paris and Peter Petrowski, Cecilia Smith (the "S" sound), Smith, Jenny Jackson, Wilson West, Roxanne Richardson, Shana Sullivan, Kevin Kinkirk...god, Brenda Hampton really loves this trope! (see ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'').
Kinkirk.
* AlphaBitch: Simon's ex-fiancee, Rose, counts as this. She is depicted as a selfish, whiny (even more than the other characters), whiny, spoiled {{Jerkass}} whose behavior and antics have earned her the ire of many fans, enough to be considered TheScrappy (amongst tons of other characters). TheScrappy. Amongst other things, she seemed to fall into ClingyJealousGirl mode around Simon, was always pressuring him to move up their impending wedding (which he ultimately did), acted rude and insolent towards the Camdens (including getting rid of their Christmas tree by feigning allergies, claiming Santa Claus and Jesus weren't real to ''seven-year-old twins'' and often butting heads with Annie - though that was unintentional) etc.) as well as her supposed friend Sandy, and even worse, when Sandy called Rose to be by her side when she Sandy was giving birth to her son, Rose refused and simply stated "she had classes," and got jealous when Simon was justifiably worried about Sandy. Her behavior prompted a [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim What Does He See in Her?]] reaction from the audience. By the time the show writers tried to make her more sympathetic, she had garnered a sizable {{Hatedom}} and the damage of her actions was done; the writers, in the process, had made her into the stereotypical Christian fundamentalist view of secular people. However, the writers did seem to have something going on when they hired former ''Series/{{Angel}}'' cast member Sarah Thompson to portray Rose; Thompson had portrayed Eve, who herself was a {{Jerkass}}, AlphaBitch, and ReplacementScrappy all wrapped up into one.Sandy.
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